James Caldwall (Engraver) Henry Fuseli (After)

Shakespeare: Macbeth, Act I, Scene III

Shakespeare: Macbeth, Act I, Scene III by James Caldwall, Henry Fuseli

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Drawn to the theme of man's confrontation with his destiny, Fuseli made several illustrations of scenes in Macbeth while living in Rome between 1770-78. To eighteenth- century sensibilities, Macbeth's encounters with the witches when as an individual he is forced to confront his tragic destiny, was the most Sublime of subjects. Fuseli refrains from depicting them as grotesques, unlike Salvator Rosa or Runciman. Instead he relies on dramatic gesture, movement and lighting effects to convey a sense of the supernatural. (Monsters and Maidens, 2004)

Title
Shakespeare: Macbeth, Act I, Scene III
Artist/creator
Production date
1798
Medium
mezzotint on wove paper
Dimensions
510 x 663 mm
Inscription
Painted by H. Fuseli, R. A.. SHAKSPEARE. / Macbeth. / ACT I SCENE III. / A Heath - Macbeth, Banquo & three Witches. / Pub. April 23, 1798, by J & J BOYDELL at the Shakspeare Gallery Pall Mall & No.90 Cheapside.. Engraved by Jas. Caldwell.
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Peter Tomory, 2002
Accession no
2002/9/2
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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